With 85 000 bottles of wine and 5 500 labels in total, Restaurant Mosaic’s extensive wine collection will be available to purchase from the 29th of March. Featuring hand selected international and local gems, the collection has evolved over many years thanks to the expertise of Cellar Master Cobus Du Plessis and has garnered huge acclaim, including 2019’s La Liste Award for the Best Wine List in the World and a prestigious Grand Award from Wine Spectator in 2021 for the fourth year in a row.
In November Restaurant Mosaic announced that it will be closing its doors at the end of March, so while many might not have been able to get a booking at the restaurant they can now own a part of the Mosaic experience through the carefully chosen wine. The scope of the Mosaic collection will certainly hold appeal for wine collectors, as well as restaurateurs hoping to build a wine list that will give them a post-Covid boost. Wines of this quality usually require time to mature, but in this case the waiting has been done already.
Of equal importance is the wines’ provenance. Every one of the labels in the collection was selected with care as the Mosaic team travelled to farms across Europe and South Africa. Du Plessis’s team ensured that each bottle was appropriately transported: the cold chain managed and intact until the consignment was delivered to the safety of the Mosaic cellar, with its constant humidity of 70% and temperature of 14ºC.
Specialist fine wine importer Great Domaines has been appointed to ensure the protection of this legacy. Mosaic stalwart Moses Magwaza, voted the country’s best sommelier in 2017, will stay on to help manage the progressive sale of the collection. This will take place over a period of three to five years: a slow release of wines, to ensure attentiveness to the dynamics of both the local and international wine markets.
Derek Kilpin, General Manager of Great Domaines, says: “Cobus’s knowledge and enthusiasm is documented in what I call his ‘wine Bibles’ – rich sources of information about each label. He even wrote a computer programme for this vast repository! A cellar of this immense depth and breadth is quite simply unheard of in South Africa, or indeed in almost any other country. It is a treasure trove of many of the world’s greatest wines.”
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